Biden kicks off general election with heavy dose of pragmatic optimism

Biden kicks off general election with heavy dose of pragmatic optimism

President Joe Biden wanted to use his Thursday State of the Union address to make a compelling case for his reelection by delivering an inclusive and uplifting vision for Americans across the country.

But earlier in the week, the Biden campaign sent White House reporters a brass-tacks memo laying out their case for winning reelection. The memo, penned by campaign chair Jen O’Malley Dillon and campaign manager Julie Chavez Rodriguez, argued that Donald Trump enters the general election as a “cash-strapped, beleaguered” candidate dogged by “a host of external issues” and “running on an extreme agenda that is already proving to be a significant liability.”

The memo cited polling showing that upward of 10% of the electorate remains undecided and that 31% of all voters weren’t even certain Trump would be the nominee. 

“These undecided voters are also the least tuned in to politics of any group,” they noted. “As the general election ramps up, the campaign will aggressively engage these undecided voters, highlighting the stakes of this election to secure their votes in November.”

While there are a million unknown factors waiting in the wings over the next eight months, here’s what we do know about the state of play at the moment.

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